Nermien founded Coptic Orphans in 1988 after a visit to Egypt, her childhood home. She found a country struggling with widespread poverty and decided to make a difference. She began by taking care of 45 girls in a Cairo orphanage with the help of family and friends. She worked as a volunteer for 12 years before becoming the Executive Director in 2000. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration and a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, both from Polytechnic Virginia Institute. She worked for the Federal Government for 17 years with the US Department of State and the Internal Revenue Service. In recognition of her work, Nermien was selected by the National Council of Nonprofits as a delegate for the Nonprofit Congress. She is also the recipient of the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area Community Human Rights award. Nermien is married with two children who are also committed to the betterment of Egypt.
Andrew Alexander is an independent consultant who provides strategic project, programme, and stakeholder management services for investment banking and corporate clients within the Asia/Australia region, with a principal focus on high risk mission critical engineering and technology capital projects. Prior to this, Andrew lived in London for nine years where he had similar roles as an executive director at Goldman Sachs International, in JPMorgan Chase, and in independent consulting. Andrew graduated with a double degree in electrical engineering and medical biophysics. He worked as an electrical design engineer before venturing off to London in 2004. Andrew now resides in Melbourne but spends much of time in Asia servicing his corporate clients. He also serves on the Australia board.
Mark Nakhla a Sudanese-born Copt who holds a special place in his heart for Coptic Orphans since he was orphaned himself at the tender age of 1 year old. He gives glory to God that he was able to grow up in a loving environment that made him the successful man he is today. He graduated from the University of Khartoum’s School of Management with a Bachelor’s degree in Science. During the same time he also sat on the Board of the Khartoum University Christian Association. He worked with Citibank as a Treasury and Liability Management department head. He later moved to England where he joined Golden Eagle International when he started his relationship with Coptic Orphans as a sponsor. A few years later, he moved to Canada and started work with the Royal Bank of Canada as a Senior Account Manager. He was approached by Nermien Riad to start the Canada office in 2001 and has been a board member ever since. Mark now has his own real estate business with RE/MAX. He lives in Toronto, Canada with his wife and has two beautiful girls and two handsome boys.
Basem Morris was born in Egypt and then moved to Australia at a young age. There, he grew up, graduated, and began working. He is a qualified actuary working as a consultant in the field of data analytics. Prior to this, while on a backpacking trip around the world, Basem passed by London, met his beautiful wife, and ended up staying there for the next 10 years. He worked in London as an independent consultant in investment banking specializing in credit risk management and held management positions in Deloitte London, where he played a major role in key engagements with major European and UK banks. From 2002 to 2004, he worked as an actuarial analyst at KPMG Australia, focusing on the Australian insurance market. Basem studied actuarial studies at the Macquarie University of Sydney, and, in 2007, qualified as a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries Australia. Outside of work, Basem enjoys playing, watching, and talking about football (soccer).
Mariola began her career working as an M&A analyst who moved towards AML, becoming an Anti-Financial Crime Strategist and eventually the Product Manager for BAE Systems AML Compliance Software. Her second notable role was for Unilever, a multi-billion euros consumer goods company headquartered in London. During her time, she worked on developing the company’s strategic channel growth opportunities. Aside from her experience she is currently working towards her Doctorate in Criminal Justice, with focus on Trade Based Money Laundering, putting her in prime position to shape the future of the industry. Mariola is also an active member of the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Professionals where she frequently presents her research findings. She is also certified in International Trade Finance by the London Institute of Banking and Finance, and in Corporate Finance by the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investments.